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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jul 29, 2020.
No one wants to get sick.
Another quote from the Kenny Werner book...
Maybe you admit that your goal is to sound good, and you ask, What’s wrong with that? Well, let’s apply the issue to speaking. Imagine you asked someone, "What is your goal when you speak?" and they answered, "I just really want to sound good! I really need to sound good, and I won’t rest until I sound good!" What would you think of that person? Probably that he’s pretty shallow. But in music, people exert real effort, withholding love from themselves and others, just trying to sound good. What a foolish waste of a life!
“If you master the English language, does that make you a poet? Being able to speak in complete sentences is not an art, but a technical skill. Being a poet, a playwright or lyricist - that is art“
One of the biggest lessons I learned in bass playing, I gave myself.
At some point, I realized that I was not going to be the best bassist in my town. I also realized that I was not going to be the most crummy. I was going to be somewhere in between. Forever, no matter what I did or didn't do.
This allowed me to put my ego and anxiety aside. It freed me to play.
So for me, what is necessary to reach my goals isn't so much gear. It's a mindset. It starts with acceptance of who I am. And putting aside who others are.
I don't know about 'us', but my needs are fairly basic. I can show up to pretty much any gig, bringing any one of my basses (price range $800-$3000+), a Sansamp BDDI pedal, strap&cable and a clip on tuner.
I have played basses in the $400-500 bracket that would also do fine, but I do not happen to own one.